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by John Garratt

6 Oct 2010

Fond of Tigers

In the past I have sang the praises of the Canadian label Drip Audio, home of No More Shapes, Inhabitants, Fond of Tigers, and lots more wonderfully weird music that when description of it is attempted, gives the hyphen key on your keyboard a workout. Lots of jazz elements bouncing around, colliding with the rock edge that graces the post-everything world nowadays. If you are tired of trying to read my efforts to summarize the most on Drip Audio, you can go to their website and download ten songs.

In other news, the indie-racket group Fond of Tigers has tapped into the talents of Snadro Perri and Mats Gustafsson for their upcoming third album Country & Western. A few vocal numbers are kicked around in the dirt, but the instrumental barrage of “Soheb” and “Grandad” are not to be missed.

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by Jessy Krupa

5 Oct 2010

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently announced their nominees for the 2011 induction, and as usual, it left many people disappointed. While there were some good candidates on the list, it’s impossible to please everybody. However, ardent fans have made a strong case for the following bands and artists who weren’t nominated this year and aren’t in the hall of fame yet.

by John Garratt

5 Oct 2010

Alexander von Schlippenbach

Good news: is now selling complete downloads. In the past, these keepers of avant-jazz’s odd and obscure relics has dolled out free MP3s just a few at a time. Anyone who followed the site closely had to wonder “Where do they find all this crap?”

I still don’t know where they manage to find it, but now they are selling some of these rare and forgotten albums in their store.

As of this writing there only two albums (more to follow), but they are two very curious finds nevertheless. Schlippenbach trio’s Elf Gagatellen features Evan Parker, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and Paul Lovens. Touch the Earth - Break the Sheels features Wadada Leo Smith pitted with Peter Kowald and Gunter Sommer.

Whoah. Good luck finding those at a flea market.

by PopMatters Staff

5 Oct 2010

Portland’s Tu Fawning was formed three years ago by Corrina Repp and Joe Haege and, in that short time, have developed a sophisticated and mature sound that draws from the noirish elements of Tom Waits, the textures and moods of Portishead, and ‘20s and ‘30s big band tunes and folk music. The emphasis is very much on experimentation and messing about with traditional rock instrumentation, so it’s not unusual to hear Tu Fawning trotting out trumpets, trombones and just about anything else that will allow them to augment their jagged riffs with something a bit unexpected. As Haege says, “We’re trying to weave a fabric that is a little more dense, which some will undoubtedly find unnerving. For others, though, ourselves included, it seems to be the last oasis for searching out that emotional high that music can give you. There is just something magical about being able to make your songs sound as though they were played while a giant walks through a valley, a piano is stabbed in a 1920’s basement, drums are beat on a mountain or that you’re singing in a cave.”

by PopMatters Staff

5 Oct 2010

Buenos Aires’ Tremor fuse the indigenous sounds of the Andes with electronic grooves and rock-like riffs and attitude into a potent combination. Composer Leonardo Martinelli is the heart of the group and his background in creating musical scores for film and theatre plays out in the group’s theatrical presentation and ambitious musical scope. Tremor had the honor of being selected to appear at this year’s WOMEX in Copenhagen in October and they have a new record planned for the future, of which this video “Tarkas” will give you a preview of coming attractions. The video was filmed back in June in Brooklyn during a tour to the US and is named after the type of flutes played in the song.

Help Tremor realize their goal of playing WOMEX by pledging your support here.

Oct 21 @ Glazart, Paris France
Oct 22 @ RASA Centre for World Cultures, Utrecht Netherlands
Oct 23 @ Sodra Teatern, Stockholm Sweden
Oct 28 @ WOMEX, Copenhagen Denmark

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